Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky lead Golden Goggles nominees


Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky are up for Male and Female Athlete and Race of the Year awards at the Golden Goggles. The nominees were announced by USA Swimming on Friday.

Phelps received five nominations and Ledecky four. Missy Franklin received three nominations. Ryan Lochte was not among the nominees for Male Athlete of the Year for the first time since 2006.

Online voting is available here through Nov. 14. A percentage of the fan vote will count toward the final results, awarded at the Nov. 24 Golden Goggle Awards in New York.

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The nominees:

Breakout Performer of the Year

Maya DiRado — Won her first individual medals at a major international meet, gold in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 400m individual medley at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Katie McLaughlin — Made her first U.S. team for a major international meet and won bronze in the 200m butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Ryan Murphy — Made his first U.S. team for a major international meet and won bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Cierra Runge — Made her first U.S. team for a major international meet and won silver in the 400m freestyle.
Kendyl Stewart — Made her first U.S. team for a major international meet and won silver in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

Perseverance Award

Haley Anderson and Andrew Gemmell — Won Pan Pacific Championships open-water 10km titles after events were moved from Australia to Hawaii.
Kevin Cordes — Helped U.S. to 4x100m medley relay gold at Pan Pacific Championships after being disqualified in the 100m breaststroke.
Missy Franklin — Won four Pan Pacific Championships medals after suffering a back injury before the meet.
Michael Phelps — Won five Pan Pacific Championships medals after a 20-month competitive retirement.
Tom Shields — Swept U.S. titles in 100m and 200m butterfly to make his first U.S. team for a major international meet at age 23.

Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman — Star pupil: Michael Phelps
Dave Durden — Star pupil: Nathan Adrian
Bruce Gemmell — Star pupil: Katie Ledecky
David Marsh — Star pupil: Ryan Lochte

Relay Performance of the Year (all at Pan Pacific Championships)

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay — U.S. wins by 1.37 over Australia with Katie Ledecky‘s comeback anchor leg.
Men’s 4x200m Free Relay — U.S. wins by .13 over Japan with Matt McLean‘s comeback anchor leg.
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay — U.S. wins by 2.14 over Japan in Pan Pacific Championships record time.

Female Race of the Year (all Pan Pacific Championships finals)

Cammile Adams’ 200m fly — Gold by .07 over Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi. Adams’ first medal at a major international meet.
Maya DiRado’s 200m IM — Gold in Pan Pacific Championships record time by .33 over Australia’s Alicia Coutts. DiRado’s first individual major international meet gold medal.
Jessica Hardy’s 100m breast — Gold by .04 over Japan’s Kanako Watanabe.
Katie Ledecky’s 400m free – Gold in world record time by 6.18 seconds over Cierra Runge.
Katie Ledecky’s 1500m free – Gold in world record time by 27.33 seconds over New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle.

Male Race of the Year (all Pan Pacific Championships finals)

Tyler Clary’s 200m back — Gold by .23 over Japan’s Ryosuke Irie.
Nic Fink’s 200m breast — Silver, .37 behind Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki. Fink’s first major international meet medal.
Connor Jaeger’s 1500m free — Gold by .18 over Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, the biggest win of Jaeger’s career and first U.S. gold in the event at a major international meet in 30 years.
Michael Phelps’ 100m fly — Gold in .38 over Ryan Lochte in Phelps’ first major international meet since London 2012.

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Female Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel — One gold, one bronze at Pan Pacific Championships.
Maya DiRado — One gold, one silver at Pan Pacific Championships.
Missy Franklin — One gold, two silvers, one bronze at Pan Pacific Championships.
Katie Ledecky — Five golds at Pan Pacific Championships.

Male Athlete of the Year

Tyler Clary — One gold, one silver, one bronze at Pan Pacific Championships.
Connor Jaeger — One gold, two bronzes at Pan Pacific Championships.
Michael Phelps — Three golds, two silvers at Pan Pacific Championships.

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U.S. Alpine skiers wear climate change-themed race suits at world championships

U.S. Alpine Skiing Team Race Suit
Images via Kappa

Looking cool is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikaela Shiffrin, Travis Ganong and the rest of the U.S. ski team when they debut new race suits at the world championships.

Even more, they want everyone thinking about climate change.

The team’s predominantly blue-and-white suits depict an image of ice chunks floating in the ocean. It’s a concept based on a satellite photo of icebergs breaking due to high temperatures. The suit was designed in collaboration with Kappa, the team’s technical apparel sponsor, and the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters (POW).

The Americans will wear the suits throughout the world championships in Courchevel and Meribel, France, which started Monday with a women’s Alpine combined race and end Feb. 19.

“Although a race suit is not solving climate change, it is a move to continue the conversation and show that U.S Ski & Snowboard and its athletes are committed to being a part of the future,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, the president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

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Global warming has become a cold, hard reality in ski racing, with mild temperatures and a lack of snow leading to the postponement of several World Cup events this winter.

“I’m just worried about a future where there’s no more snow. And without snow, there’s no more skiing,” said Ganong, who grew up skiing at Lake Tahoe in California. “So this is very near and dear to me.”

What alarms Ganong is seeing the stark year-to-year changes to some of the World Cup circuit’s most storied venues.

“I mean, it’s just kind of scary, looking at how on the limit (these events) are even to being possible anymore,” said Ganong, who’s been on the U.S. team since 2006. “Places like Kitzbuehel (Austria), there’s so much history and there’s so much money involved with that event that they do whatever they can to host the event.

“But that brings up a whole other question about sustainability as well: Is that what we should be doing? … What kind of message do we need show to the public, to the world, about how our sport is adapting to this new world we live in?”

The suits feature a POW patch on the neck and the organization’s snowflake logo on the leg.

“By coming together, we can educate and mobilize our snowsports community to push for the clean energy technologies and policies that will most swiftly reduce emissions and protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love,” according to a statement from executive director Mario Molina, whose organization includes athletes, business leaders and scientists who are trying to protect places from climate change.

Ganong said a group of ski racers are releasing a letter to the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the hope the governing body will take a stronger stance on sustainability and climate change.

“They should be at the forefront of trying to adapt to this new world, and try to make it better, too,” Ganong said.

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U.S. Alpine Skiing Team Race Suit

12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

Chloe Covell

At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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